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Government has been called upon to put in place policies and laws that would make it mandatory for District Assemblies to use a chunk of their Internally Generated Funds [IGF] to support and improve sanitation related activities in their jurisdiction.
The Executive Secretary of Coalition of Non Governmental Organizations in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS), Basilia Nanbigne, who made the call in an interview with GhanaNewsOnline.com.gh on the sidelines of a days workshop by Water and Sanitation for Urban Poor [WSUP] and partners in collaboration with the Resource Centre Network in Accra that research conducted by her outfit indicates that District Assemblies spend little on sanitation within their catchment area.
She said the country is beset with sanitation related problems, adding that if Non Governmental Organizations are investing heavily in sanitation related activities in the country without the support of District Assemblies, problems and challenges associated with sanitation would not be solved.
The Executive Secretary of CONIWAS was of firm conviction that the deployment of cheaper technology in the field of sanitation like bio-digester toilet facility including change of attitude would bring to the barest minimum and ultimately halt the practice of open defecation in order for the country to meet its Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs] target.
She said “we need to continue our advocacy and awareness creation drive on the need for people to stop defecation on the beach and in the open would lead to the outbreak of cholera and other diseases.”
Ms. Basilia Nanbigne also said issues concerning the treatment of fecal matter, its re-use including coordination of all Government inspired sanitation projects that are geared towards solving sanitation problems are properly streamlined under Ministry Water and Sanitation for the country to meet its sanitation target.
Mr. Anthony Addai, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for Water and Sanitation for Urban Poor [WSUP] in his delivery appealed to Government to equip and resource environmental health officers to enable them enforce local sanitation bye-laws.
WSUP Ghana, with support from Netherlands Enterprise [NEA], this news portal has established has been implementing the Partnership for Advancing Sustainable Sanitation [PASS] project over the last four years [April 2014 to March 2018] in the Ga West Municipality under the Ghana WASH window of the Ghana Netherlands Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programme in partnership with Unilever Netherlands Holding BV, Ga West Municipal Assembly [GWMA] and HFC Boafo Microfinance Services Limited.
Source: Adovor Nutifafa